Slippery elm medicine is extracted from the bark of the slippery elm tree

Slippery elm medicine is extracted from the bark of the slippery elm tree

Slippery elm extract comes from the bark of the Slippery Elm (Ulmus Rubra) tree and while it has any uses, one of its primary ones is medicinal. It’s not one of the most traditional heartburn cures, but it has been used for years to treat disorders and diseases of the digestive system such as gastroenteritis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This is because slippery elm extract has mucilaginous properties and provides a soothing coating to the walls of the digestive system.

See where we’re going with this? Heartburn is often caused by a lack of saliva in the oespohagus. When stomach acid rises back into the oesophagus (which it often does, for a lot of people) and that tube is dry, we experience the burning pain we all know as heartburn. Any mucilaginous substance that we swallow will provide a coating for the oesophagus, but some are better than others. As a result, many people have deduced that slippery elm could be one of the best natural heartburn cures and the great news is that it does work for a lot of people.

One very important feature of slippery elm to remember is that it was used to induce abortion many years ago. Thankfully it is only able to do so when in pure bark form (in strips) and the sale of this type of slippery elm has been banned in most of the US and the whole of the UK. Pregnant women often suffer from severe heartburn, but while slippery elm tablets or tea found in health food shops will not harm an unborn child, it is probably a good idea to try other avenues first and certainly to consult your doctor before you start taking it.

Slippery elm extract can be taken as a gruel-like tea, that’s thick and goopy. That might not sound appealing at all, but when mixed with a milkshake or into porridge you probably won’t notice the difference as it has very little taste. Alternatively, you can buy slippery elm tablets to be taken with meals, one tablet twice a day. Often these tablets have ginger and peppermint added to them, which only serve as stomach soothers.

You should be able to find slippery elm tablets or tea in health food stores or online and for a lot of people this simply natural heartburn cure works a treat. It’s definitely worth a try.